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This page provides links to recent articles, reports and announcements relating to transportation policy, legislation and research. The entries are drawn from a wide range of sources, including national newspapers, magazines and websites. If you come across interesting transportation reading that might deserve posting here, let us know at [email protected]

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Bay Area Transit Agencies Are (Finally) Taking Collaboration Seriously Next City, May 6, 2022 - With state funding possibly on the line, 27 agencies across the Bay Area are ironing out new strategies to coordinate fares, wayfinding and more.
A Bid to Stop Freeway Expansions in California Hits a Roadblock Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2022 - Labor leaders contend that limiting freeway widening overestimates the state’s ability to transition from an automobile-centered culture and does so at the expense of good-paying jobs.
California Governor, Legislators Won’t Budge in High-Speed Rail Dispute Lost Coast Outpost, May 6, 2022 - California Democrats are locked in one of the most consequential disputes in modern state history over the future of the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco high-speed rail project after a decade of troubled construction.
American Importers Accuse Shipping Giants of Profiteering New York Times, May 4, 2022 - Carriers are exploiting the supply chain chaos to breach contracts and jack up rates, importers say in asking for federal intervention.
Billions of federal dollars to cut emissions will come with few strings attached Washington Post, April 21, 2022 - The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday launched a $6.4 billion emissions reduction program created under last year’s infrastructure law, giving states broad leeway to spend the money as Washington seeks to guide states toward greener policies.
New Study Shows Streets Are Safer with Asphalt Art Bloomberg, April 14, 2022 - Can art make streets safer? As part of our Asphalt Art Initiative, a new study found that city streets became considerably safer for pedestrians after incorporating art into roadway redesigns. 
Transportation Leader Peter DeFazio Reflects on IIJA Implementation Transportation Topics, April 13, 2022 - Over his years in office, Rep. Peter DeFazio has become one of the staunchest proponents for increasing federal dollars to repair and modernize the nation’s infrastructure.
Transit Riders Skipping Mondays

Streetsblog, April 11, 2022 - The new commute normal includes far fewer transit rides on Mondays, reflecting new hybrid work schedules that gives workers the options of choosing days to come into the office.

Maryland officials reject long shot plan to reroute Amtrak trains through new tunnel  Baltimore Sun, Mar 28, 2022.-  Maryland transportation officials have declined a quixotic plan proposed by a startup rail company to dig a tunnel through downtown Baltimore and reroute Amtrak trains through a downtown hub that would replace the city’s Penn Station.
Pandemic-fueled suburban growth doesn’t mean we should abandon climate resiliency Brookings,April 12, 2022 - People choose where to live based on a few underlying factors: proximity to where
they work, preferred amenities like school quality or climate, and connections to social networks of family and friends. But the pandemic may have fundamentally changed some of these factors—loosening the need to live within daily commuting distance of workplaces and increasing preference for larger homes to accommodate telework. According to prevailing media
narratives, the pandemic has “supercharged” suburbanization rates and even hastened the death of U.S. cities.  
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